As China's economy slowly picks up from the impact of COVID-19, many companies are still facing challenging human resourcing (HR) issues, including those related to employment and visas for foreign nationals.
In these difficult and uncertain times, some companies are forced to lower their costs to survive before the general economic situation recovers, which often means salary reductions and/or employee layoffs. However, complying with the relevant laws and regulations and following the proper legal procedures can be complicated.
Other companies, on the other hand, are desperate for their foreign employees to return to China for work since the ban on the entry of foreign nationals into China after March 28. Key developments since the ban include a fast-track channel allowing select foreign nationals (e.g., senior executives of large companies) to apply for special entry, and most recently an announcement on 10 August by the Chinese Embassy in Denmark that China will allow eligible foreign nationals from 36 countries to apply directly for a Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in those countries. However, in either case, applicants must still meet certain eligibility criteria and go through specific procedures to apply for and successfully obtain a visa.
Join The British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong and Australian Chamber of Commerce South China, in collaboration with Zhong Lun Law Firm and Valueplus Consulting, for upcoming seminar on employment and visa issues throughout and beyond COVID-19.
Zhong Lun Law Firm's and Valueplus Consulting's presentations will include, but are not limited to, the following content:
Zhong Lun Law Firm:
- Labour laws and regulations related to terminations, lay-offs, and salary reductions amid COVID-19
- How to legally terminate or lay-off employees due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and other reasons?
- What procedures need to be followed during and after terminating employees?
- What is the difference between a lay-off and a normal termination? What are the pros and cons of each?
- Can I reduce my employees' salary or working hours due to the economic impact caused by COVID-19? If so, what are the processes I should follow to do this legally?
- Under what conditions must an employer pay an employee severance pay upon the employee's termination of employment?
- For what reasons can an employer terminate an employee without paying the employee any severance pay?
- Case studies.
- Who is eligible to apply for a new visa to return to China without an Invitation Letter from China Foreign Affairs Office?
- Who must obtain an Invitation Letter to be eligible for a new visa to enter China?
- How to apply for an Invitation Letter and how long will it take?
- What to do if the work permit and residence permit is about to expire when I'm still outside China?
- What are the 14-day quarantine procedures after I come back to China?
- Tips on dealing with typical visa cases.
Following the presentations there will be time for Q&A and networking.
Date & Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm, Tuesday 22 September
Venue: Zhong Lun Law Firm, Shenzhen Office
Address: 8-10/F, Tower A, Rongchao Tower, 6003 Yitian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518026, P. R. China